PENRITH halfback Craig Gower has been sacked as captain after the NRL club found him guilty of misconduct following a series of alcohol-fuelled incidents on the Sunshine Coast a fortnight ago.The 27-year-old has also received a $100,000 fine - $70,000 of which was suspended. The rest of the money will go into an NRL program covering responsible use of alcohol by rugby league players.Gower appeared before the Panthers board tonight after it was revealed he had groped the 18-year-old daughter of rugby league legend Wayne Pearce at a function during the Jack Newton Celebrity Golf Classic.Gower has apologised for his behaviour at the event.
STRUGGLING NRL club the Newcastle Knights have announced a major new sponsorship deal worth around $4 million over five years. Advertising guru John Singleton and merchant bank Carnegie Wylie have combined with local brewery Bluetongue to become the Knights' major sponsor until 2010. Knights CEO Ken Conway says the deal will draw a line under the financial woes that have historically dogged the club.Singleton expects the deal will create 50 jobs for the local community with the installation of beer tap lines at the club. It is the second major financial coup for the Newcastle club in recent weeks, with the announcement a month ago of a $1 million-a-year commercial partnership with local leagues club Wests.
INTERNATIONAL front-rower Jerry Seuseu will come straight back into the Vodafone Warriors? starting line-up this week, having served a one match suspension for a careless high tackle against Manly in round 10.
THE Mitsubishi Electric Bulldogs will be back to full strength for their game of the round encounter against the defending premiers, the Penrith Panthers at Penrith this Sunday afternoon.
WESTS Tigers Head Coach, Tim Sheens has announced his squad for the game against the Eels, on Sunday 30th May 2004 at Leichhardt Oval. Kick off is at 3.00pm.
SYDNEY Roosters coach has named his team to take on the NZ Warriors on Sunday afternoon at Aussie Stadium.
THE Manly Sea Eagles have named a squad of 20 for Saturday's clash with the Canberra Raiders at Canberra Stadium.
FONE Zone Canberra Raiders coach, Matthew Elliott, has named a strong side for this Saturday's crunch match against the Manly Sea-Eagles at Canberra Stadium.
BARNSTORMING Warriors flanker Francis Meli (who looks a bit more like a forward) has received a one-week suspension for lashing out at Ashley Harrison during his club's bottom of the ladder clash with South Sydney on the weekend.
NEWCASTLE Knights coach Michael Hagan has named his side to take on the Melbourne Storm side at home on Saturday night, including players backing up from the 1st State of Origin game on Wednesday night.
THE St George Illawarra Dragons travel to Suncorp Stadium this Friday night to take on the Brisbane Broncos and the St George Illawarra Supporters Club of Queensland will be there.
PENRITH Panthers coach John Lang has pinned his hopes on an injury free Origin in naming his team to take on the Bulldogs on Sunday at Penrith Stadium.
Both teams have players backing up so Coach Lang will have his fingers crossed.
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PREMIERSHIP-WINNING coach Warren Ryan was today appointed as the Coaching Director of the Central Coast Bears franchise as the John Singleton backed consortium steps up it's bid for inclusion to the 2006 NRL Season.
PARRAMATTA will stand by coach Brian Smith despite his success record having dropped alarmingly to 44 per cent since his $1.5 million contract extension three years ago.